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  1. Nice! I use one of TFF's as well, the "Conqueror" one at the top of the post (v2). It's very good all round really, extremely good as an under-dog, which you could see from my Europa League matches. Unfortunately Larne seem to be the exception, they've beaten me in another final...
  2. Thanks, I was actually really surprised by the 2nd leg against Bilbao, I was expecting another bad defeat, but they just seemed to fall to pieces and then get lucky with their late goal. That's just crazy for a Northern Irish club! I wish I had that kind of money haha!
  3. We're playing in Europe! This was the aim last season and we made it! These are the matches we needed in order to take this club to the next level. The finances alone that would be generated were more than enough. It was probably the worst fixture list I've ever seen! I literally had to use youth players in half the matches, just so I could keep key players fit for the Europa League. Even then, we had unfit players playing in those matches. It was a miracle we even made it past the 2nd qualifying round! I was ecstatic when we destroyed EA Guingamp, especially in the away leg, because there players are at a much higher level than us. I knew it was the end of our Europa League journey when we were given probably one of the hardest teams in the draw A.Bilbao! We were destroyed in the first leg, I don't know how it was only 5-1, but then something crazy was happening in the return leg! I couldn't believe it because we were 4-0 up in the 70th minute and on course to win on away goals, but it wasn't to be as they scored the decisive goal in the 81st minute. That would have been a miracle if we pulled it off!
  4. You haven't seen anything yet, I had to play 13 games from the 30th July until 29th August! I literally had to use youth players in half the matches, just so I could rest my key players for the Europa league. I reckon that is was cost me against Larne!
  5. What tactic are you using? You just simply couldn't spend all that money... surely??? Close one in that final! You should have put the stats up This was my cup final...
  6. The Unexpected Dominance What a start to bring the season to an end! I decided straight off that I needed to add something to this squad, it was good already, but it needed something extra to give us the edge. In came Jamie Ward, formerly of Nottingham Forest! We then managed to secure the loan signing of Tyrone Lewthwaite. Jamie was going to be used as a winger, although he could also fill in as a striker and Tyrone Lewthwaite was to be the second striker alonside Friel. I was appointed straight after the loss to Cliftonville and the players took to the tactics like a duck to water! We destroyed them in the cup and that was without our new signings. Danske Bank Premiership We ran riot in the premiership, causing upset after upset and we accomplished our goal with ease. The only blip in the 7 games before the split was against 2nd placed Crusaders, but considering it was 1-1 at the 90th minute when we scored the 2nd, I've no idea how it went from 2-1 to 3-3 before the final whistle! This has to be the craziest result right? Maybe you should keep reading... We finished 7th before the split, which meant we had achieved our goal and now we just had to consolidate this position. Considering the opponents we'd faced and beaten, I was in no doubt and we finished a massive 10 points clear of 8th! One thing you might have noticed is our friendlies. Again, just like in Ireland, I had to plug the gap with friendlies and I wanted us to face tough opposition. All friendlies are always played by my assistant manager, so kudos to him for beating West Ham and then drawing with Leicester! Northern Irish Cup We had 3 amazing fixtures in the cup after our victory over Cliftonville, facing 3 teams from the lower leagues. This was clearly an easy opportunity to win another cup in my early career! Although Queens University did nearly give us a scare and we had a red card against Sport & Leisure to give them their best chance of an equalizer. The All Important Fixtures! What an end to the season! We humiliated Glentoran not once, but twice! I told you to keep reading and this is the reason why... I'm lost for words with this one...
  7. I only played them once last season because I joined the club in January with only 7 games left before the league split. We came 7th, so we didn't face them after the split of course. However, we did absolutely destroy them 3-0 in their own back yard. This season we've played them twice already at the start. We lost 4-2 in the NIFL Charity Shield which was humiliating, but then we destroyed them in their own back yard again 4-0 in the league. Funny old game Sounds like you're having fun! That money will definitely come in handy. Do they start with a professional status or do you have to ask for it? Ross Glendinning is my second choice keeper
  8. Welcome To Northern Ireland I decided pretty quickly that I'd be stupid to go to England right now, so I accepted the contract offer to join Ballymena United! They have given me a contract until the end of the season on £525 per week, so my earnings are on the up! I really do think I'll be sticking with Ballymena if they don't sack me and attempt to make them the real deal in Northern Ireland. To be fair we aren't a million miles away from the bigger teams, we have a decent squad which should be doing better than it is, we aren't in debt (£17k in the bank) and a decent reputation. The Squad They're definitely under-performing and it shouldn't take much to whip this team into shape! However, I use two strikers and Friel is the only decent striker in that squad, so I'll be looking for a partner for him straight away! It's January, so we can sign someone right now. The League & Cup Situation Our aim is 7th place which is an easy enough task really, although we do play Glentoran, Linfield and Crusaders within the next 4 matches, but I wouldn't say they have massively better teams and two of those matches are at Home.
  9. I'm having to challenge with them in my journeyman save! I didn't understand how they became professional status when they're only a 1 star club that I'd never heard of before, but now it makes sense! They stormed the Bluefin Sport Championship and then I joined Ballymena United this season and thanks to my heroics against the bigger teams like Linfield, Crusaders and Glentoran, they were able to overtake and win the league, so they're straight into the Champions League after two seasons! I really thought Linfield would be the ones to beat, but looks like I've got a much tougher cookie to crack!
  10. The Search For The Third I've applied for many jobs over the past 2 months since being sacked. Unfortunately Solihull just weren't interested and didn't even give me the chance to give them my pitch. I've probably had 4 interviews which didn't lead anywhere, most notably Ards and Cliftonville from the Danske Bank Premiership in Norther Ireland. I really did feel Ards were going to give me the job, especially because they were bottom of the league and far from safety, but even they said no... In fairness, I've been looking for a step-up in terms of club reputation, having only been at 1 star clubs and I was applying for 1.5 star or above. Luckily, my job search seems to be coming to a close, we've had a job offer! However, I've also had an interview with Chorley in the Vanarama National League North and they're on course for the play-offs and considering there's still 17 games to go, challenging Darlington for top spot isn't exactly out of the question. On the other hand, Ballymena United can't challenge for top spot or anywhere close to that, with 7 games to go before the league splits. However, they can still challenge for a spot in Europe next season thanks to the rules of the league! They're also in the Irish Cup 5th Round, which means we would still be fighting for silverware. I may have to delay my decision to see if Chorley offer me the job.
  11. Oops... I saw a job I was interested in, Solihull Moors in the Vanarama National League (24th) and as I promised, I wouldn't let anything hold me back. Unfortunately Bray Wanderers weren't impressed with me and instantly sacked me... Apparently getting them promoted means nothing... The Job Search Begins... Again...
  12. Budget Announcement I've just been given a major boost with the budget for next season. We probably won't be buying anyone, but we can take advantage of the free transfer market. They've literally doubled our wage budget and we also have 5 players leaving at the end of this season, transfers that were already completed before I joined. The one thing I have noticed though, we're at a massive disadvantage as every team has a Professional Status except us and Shelbourne who got promoted.
  13. End Of Season Review Everything happens for a reason and Drogheda Utd turning down the chance of having me as their manager happened for a reason! We were meant to take over Bray Wanderers and take them to the next level! We some how breezed through the play-offs, although University College Dublin did give us two very tough games and it could have gone either way, but luckily we were clinical with our chances. Funnily enough, our two play-off opponents were the two teams we lost to in the league. Sweet revenge! To be honest, we were very lucky to even reach the play-offs because that loss to Galway Utd meant that we needed Longford to draw or lose. We got lucky! Our 3-0 victory over Wexford also proved vital as it boosted our goal difference, which is what it essentially came down to in the end. Finances This is a little worrying for me and something which I didn't take notice of when applying for jobs. We're basically moving up to the top league with no money to spend... Considering we struggled against U.C.D, we need major investment if we're to survive next season! Youth Intake Luck We got extremely lucky with our youth intake and we got a player who could jump straight into the team! He made a massive contribution at a time when we needed it and I definitely put this lad down to the reason we got promotion, scoring 4 goals in the play-offs! He's nothing special right now, but he's tipped to become a Premier Division striker. The Future To be honest, I'd like to stick around to see what we can do next season, but I'm going to keep my options open and if I see a job worth going for, I won't be held back.
  14. The New Job I kept sending my CV across to Ireland and eventually one of them responded with an interview offer! 5th time lucky... However, the fans didn't appreciate my interest in the job... Five days later, after having a successful interview where I basically told them I was a risk, but they wouldn't regret it! Despite this horrendous run of form which ended with the manager being sacked, we're still in with a chance of reaching the play-offs with 5 games to go and only 4 points behind!
  15. Job Search Things aren't going well so far... I decided to look towards Ireland for my next destination, but I was too late to apply for Derry City who were currently bottom of the Irish Prem table, so I applied for Drogheda in the First Division, but despite liking my interview they didn't want me...
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